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(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Maybe Shakespeare Really Didn't Write the Plays. Really...
Like most people, from time to time I've come across the accusations that someone else really wrote Shakespeare's plays, and have dismissed them at face value, as nonsense. I've, of course, done so without any knowledge whatsoever of the whole question at hand (who was it that said "Ignorance is the natural state of the mind"?)
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Poem: "They're All Corrupt!"
They're all corrupt!
('cept for you and me.)
They're all corrupt!
Put 'em in jail,
Throw away the key!
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 18, 2021 My Ultra-Conservative Neighbor Just Shovelled My Driveway
Bonnie is a lifelong Republican, who voted for Donald Trump.
Bonnie's well aware that not only am I pretty left-wing, but that I also meditate for hours a day, and am pretty heavily into Eastern religion and philosophy. But, her son (who lives in her house with his girlfriend) just snow-blew my entire sidewalk and driveway.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 7, 2020 Saved by the Plague?
If we had entered 2020 with no coronavirus threat or epidemic, despite Trump's record and rhetoric over the preceding 3 years, he would have been unbeatable come election time.
It took his bringing a plague on us to stop him from winning.
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 24, 2020 Yuja Wang Strikes Again
I've been exposed to classical music pretty much my entire life and just recently have gotten more into it. But I have never seen anyone, from Vladimir Horowitz to Muarry Periah, play like this young woman.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Everything Makes Bob Dylan Happy
This is a 52-minute, very in-depth and detailed interview Bob Dylan gave for 20/20 in 1985.
What's provided is the raw, uncut version of that interview (which only lasted about 10 minutes when first broadcast) complete with audio and visual blackouts.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 16, 2020 Monica Lewinsky on Shame and Public Humiliation
What struck me most about this Ted Talk is that precisely what she was warning about, was actually brought to fruition just months later by the media phenomenon of Donald Trump.
"A marketplace has emerged where public humiliation is a commodity and shame is an industry."
After listening to her, it's much easier to understand how this fact was critical in the electing of our current President.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 15, 2020 Divine Magic
I believe the concept of a "mantra" still isn't really quite properly understood in the West. In the East, they are expressions of something far more "primal" than even very serious aspirants often truly appreciate.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 16, 2020 A Truly Global "All Along the Watch Tower"
A very interesting (and surprisingly touching) version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watch Tower" with musicians from literally all over the world, adding to the song from their respective countries and cultures.
It features Warren Haynes (at the very end) who was one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band.
Quite tastefully edited and truly memorable.